Shibori is an ancient Japanese tie-dyeing technique that means “shaped resist dyeing,” which describes the inherent patterning process of manipulating the two-dimensional cloth surface into three-dimensional shapes before compressing them to dye.
I wanted to create something digital but with a hand made feel, I came up with this set of “Shibori tie-dye” photoshop brushes that anyone can use to create some fun projects. My aim was to create something that creatives can use to add to their design by using specific shapes.
This is perfect for artists of all kinds! Designers, fashion designers, illustrators, hobbyists and crafters! Create your own designs onto products!
12 Brushes to get you started in creating all kinds of Shibori patterns!
What’s included in the Shibori Brush Pack:
.abr file to load onto your brush preset palette
Formatted for Adobe Photoshop CC
All brushes are high res 2000px by 2000px across for creating higher res files.
I wanted to share some wedding graphics I designed for my friend’s wedding! I really loved helping design some of the menu and welcome signage for their wedding a few weeks ago on August 4th. It was such a joy to create some work that was inspired by Palm Springs and geometric shapes for some of the designs! The wedding took place in San Jose, the wedding theme took inspiration from both Lily’s Vietnamese background and Mark’s Filipino background. It was such an awesome wedding that they put together, merging both of their influences in food choices and some of the wedding props and furniture that were hand selected by the bride and groom definitely reflected their backgrounds.
I couldn’t imagine myself spending months preparing and organizing all of the wedding details but a lot of our friends, including myself had helped out along the way. I know that preparing for a wedding takes a lot of hard work and energy, I am indeed in awe of Lily and Mark for taking the time and energy to create such a magnificent wedding. Check out some of the graphics I designed below for their wedding and some of the design choices I made as I created some of these elements for their wedding.
In action below! Typically the photobooth company will provide a template that you can plug in and drop the design elements onto. Printed size template is 2 x 6 in.
Printed size 5 x 7 in.
The theme of the wedding was inspired by Palm Springs with a desert vibe, so we chose some watercolor illustrations, some geometric backgrounds, and some gold frame vector elements to give it some flair. The best method of choosing the design of any wedding invitations, signage or menu design for a wedding is to make sure the elements are contrasting and not competing with each other, and that they are subtle and look good visually. A good rule of thumb when designing is to choose colors that are in harmony with each other, for these designs we chose a complimentary color scheme to reflect the style of the wedding, with lots of green succulents, we opted for a pink accent and that carried over to the flowers at the wedding. For the font choices we chose Palm Canyon and for the table numbers we chose Rollfast Black to match some of the geometric borders and backgrounds, we wanted to mix and match art deco elements to give it a visually interesting combination.
Some of the graphics and elements I use in these designs I bought from Creative Market, the links are right below if you are interested in checking them out! You can also find elements that fit within your theme and style through the website as they have so many different options and designs that you can choose from. I use pre-made templates and vector graphics to save time and most of the graphics are great for personal use, licensing on Creative Market is only required if you are going to use graphics on products that you are selling and making a profit from. But its great for personal use on projects like weddings and events, as long as you aren’t using the graphics to sell anything.
Artist Tips: Create multiple portfolios for different industries
Creating multiple portfolios for different industries is a great way to test out which market responds better to your work. For graphic designers and illustrators: you probably should create a professional industry portfolio and continue developing another portfolio just dedicated to illustration work. I would highly recommend this!
Because most of the time companies will only want to see samples of work related to the specific job you are applying for. If you are trying to get work in the advertising/digital marketing space, make sure you have work to reflect that industry and vice versa. Or for a game artist or concept artist– make sure you are showing portfolio pieces that are specific to that industry.
Even if you want to highlight and include certain work in your portfolio, it may not be relevant to what companies want to see. So consider that thought. You should also try to keep your portfolio focused, even if it is only a few pieces of good work. Quality of work is always better than the quantity of work.
It can be a really confusing time being a young artist or finding a career path that’s suited for you and something that you can see yourself doing for the next year, or maybe 3-5 years down the road. Or maybe you are switching career paths? I always say that having experience working for a company is never wasted. It could be a great learning opportunity while you figure out what you want to do. Figuring out what you are truly passionate about may take some time and evolution as an artist. Whatever path you walk in, walk with intention. Set some goals for the next year or two and build a career strategy that you can evolve into. Be realistic as to what kind of experience can help build your career.
Most companies will look for experience in your resume for the position you are applying for. Its hard to break out in an industry that you don’t have any experience in, but there are places to find short term projects and experiences that you can build along the way. Having at least 1-2 years of experience doing projects or entry level work is a good place to start, or even finding an internship for a few months or working with a startup with a smaller budget.
Do some research in market trends and look at the industry you want to get work in and ask:
Who are the top companies out there?
What work do these companies want to see in a candidate’s portfolio?
What are some things I can ask industry experts for advice?
Who are the top candidates in this industry and what can you learn from their work that you can apply to your own discipline?
What are some of the things I like to do? What are some of my hobbies? How can I merge my passion into a career path that I like? Are there any companies that reflect that lifestyle?
Another pro tip:
Look at job descriptions of companies, observe the skills you need to master and gain experience from.
Find people who work in the companies you like on LinkedIn and look up their portfolios to see what you can learn from their work.
More on how to reach out to professionals and starting conversations on LinkedIn in another post and video.
Some of the places I would start looking for projects:
Creative Hotlist www.creativehotlist.com
Craigslist, checking out the Creative Gigs section for the city you live in, maybe there are smaller companies or independent business owners who have smaller budgets to work with.
Working with or helping a small company locally that may not have a big budget but can offer you some experience and useful industry knowledge you can learn from.
When I first started out as a graphic designer and trying to find work with companies, I created a portfolio specifically for the industry that I wanted to work in. And then I kept a personal art blog while I was studying for my Masters degree in Visual Development. More on that here
Artists Tips: How Many Portfolios should I create and what industries can I find work?
Super excited to be a part of the Founder Gym team and really honored! I recently became a Design Fellow for a really awesome startup based in Oakland. But everything is done remotely and this was their first event that was held in San Francisco at Galvanize just this last Friday, May 11th. I helped out with interviewing founders that have gone through the training and helped film their video testimonials during the event. Really excited that I can help a startup that wants to create social good by empowering founders of companies the right tools and resources to help them fundraise. Its such a great community of tech entrepreneurs and founders who have great ideas for great companies and products.
There’s already so much work that goes into creating a business and finding the right resources do take time, energy and tons of research, I’m so glad that Founder Gym exists so that they can close that gap on underrepresented tech founders. I think the best part is community and learning from our mistakes, hearing others talk about what they went through and why they are super passionate about their dreams is so inspiring.
I also helped out with designing the attendees badges and as a fun spin designed them like player cards in keeping with the Gym metaphor on training founders.
I’m truly thankful for the event because we got to hear some great stories from the founders side who’ve been in the game for a while and also from venture capitalists side and hearing some of the information they provided was very enlightening!
If you or someone you know is a founder who wants to apply to become a cohort, they can apply to the FG Cohort 3, deadline is Sunday May 20th.
Filming with our crew on video testimonials for Founders sharing their experiences.
Love this poster of everyone’s name on it! Shared experiences and growing together through a process helps us all succeed! =) Teamwork makes the dream work!
Check out this amazing video commercial they recently created that encompasses what their mission is about!
Are you an artist? Maker? Creative? You too can create a shop on Redbubble! There’s never been a better time than now to capitalize on this artist revolution! There are quite a few online print on demand sites that lets artists create free shops without having to maintain the logistics of creating a website or buying product inventory. The time is now to create the kind of work you want to create and generate some passive income for yourself!
“Setting up a Redbubble shop can be a great way to build your work online presence and to connect with new people.”
I found that I’ve gained a ton of visibility online from creating a Redbubble shop, and was even invited to do a hand lettering workshop back in 2017 for their 10th birthday party in San Francisco! I find that I continue to explore my process and my art is an ever-evolving thing on its own. I had a full-time career as a graphic designer and illustrator, and I’ve also worked with companies like Salesforce, Hasbro Studios, and Skechers in the last few years. (Check out more of that work here on my Behance profile). But the thing that continues to inspire me and brings me joy is being able to freely create my art. And that’s what I’ve done in the last two years since I’ve opened up a Redbubble shop. To have something to create on its own without having to work for clients is truly worth it, and knowing that I can make money from my creations is even cooler!
Follow these steps to sell your work on Redbubble and live your best artist life.
Create a Redbubble Shop
Signing up for a free Redbubble account is easy enough. Don’t forget to confirm your necessary account details so you can be paid
Set up your shop profile
Upload a header that showcases your work, along with a profile or logo picture so that people can easily recognize you. Utilize the bio description to let people know who you are and link to your social links and website. You can check out my shop to get an example.
Create collections for your work based on themes or different categories of your work. Or if you don’t have a collection of work, this would be a great way to start creating work. You can also check out other artist shops on Redbubble to get an idea of how they are setting up their shops. Shops that fall into niche markets do really well and they can be based on current trends or popular culture. Setting up a Redbubble shop can be a great way to build your work online presence and to connect with new people.
How do you even hone in and figure out your personal artist brand? First, think of the work you are producing or the kind of work you want to produce. Then, think of who may want to buy your work on products. It may help to figure out a target audience and to also do some competitive analysis online. See what’s trending. Find design trends in the home decor space, or maybe even in the world of comics or in the media? I focus my work on boho trends, festival goers and people who love the 70s tie-dye hippie era mixed in with the modern hippie trends. I create what I want to wear or want to have in my space to make things beautiful.
Upload Your First Design
The best file sizes to upload should have a high resolution, at least 6500 px at 300dpi if you’re wanting to upload to larger products like duvet covers and tapestries. Bigger is better for quick, one-time uploads, then you can click on each individual product to edit accordingly. Also, it’s really important to design and save files from Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.I’ve been a long time user of Adobe software and I can’t stress enough the value of having a subscription. There a ton of lesser value design software but I love using Adobe software, and if you want to be a professional artist or designer, getting the professional tools can only help you in the long run.
“Set aside some time during the week and set some realistic goals.”
Promote on Social Media
After you’ve uploaded your design onto Redbubble, I typically like to go to my shop and screen shot some of the mock-ups with my design on it. You can then either transfer these to your mobile device via dropbox or email,,upload to the social media channel of your choice! You can also check out the Redbubble Blog for product templates for mocking up your design!
Set aside some time during the week and set some realistic goals. If you have a full-time or part-time job, figure out how much time you can dedicate to creating work during the week. Can you upload a new piece of work daily? Or twice a week? Or once a week? Set weekly goals so that you can stay consistent and also so your followers will know when to expect new work from you. Creating work daily or weekly can also help with figuring out your style of art, and helps with trial and error so that you can perfect your work.
Create Journal Entries on Your Redbubble Shop
This is a great way to talk about your process or to show some behind the scenes work! People love reading and looking at processes. Where did you come up with the idea and how did you arrive to the final piece? Or maybe you have other places you have your work or want to promote other art? Whatever you want to use the Journal for, treat it as a blog and a great space for people to get to know you! Check out some of the things I’ve written in my Journal.
If you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, or creative person, its almost necessary that you learn how to promote yourself on social media. Learn the fundamentals of branding, how to use Instagram & Facebook to promote your business online. Learn to find and define your target audience, learn what to post, learn digital tools for creating graphics on your computer and mobile device, and learn how to create video content for social media.
Worksheets and actionable checklists included to guide you and to help you with creating your own company brand book and tools for organizing your content. At the end of completing this course, you will be able to successfully use social media to grow your business online. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level to grow your presence online, doing the work will help you to understand how some of the social media platforms work together. And as an entrepreneur, I also empower you to learn all these tools at your finger tips and not have to farm out your social media to companies that may not understand your business.
Learn at your own pace, the course modules don’t expire, get lifetime access whenever, wherever you are!
Get locked in at this rate and keep learning as I continue to update the course materials!
When you purchase “Social Media & Your Business”, you’ll also get the course, “Creating Social Media Graphics on Canva” for free! This course will be available in the next two weeks